The Swedish artist Josefin Arnell works with extended video, mixed media installations, poetry and performance. Together with amateur actors, she creates unrehearsed film scenes and uses humour as a device to discuss notions of the body, health industry and sexual politics. Her fictional and semi-fictional works combine elements and structures from disaster documentaries, advertising campaigns, theatre, porn and soap operas.
The video work ‘Gag Reflex, I wanna puke in heaven’ features three teenagers dwindling in endorphin filled laughter and fountains of puke. It shows puking as an algorithmic system, where the obsession of controlling the body’s gag reflex is taken over by an unstoppable automatic response.